Sasha Huber

My Shoes. 2008.
Metal staples on black leather shoe, 27 x 18 cm

Eleven things you need to know about SASHA HUBER and her shoes:

  1. She was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975
  2. where she studied graphic design
  3. in 2000 she received a scholarship to Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre in Treviso, Italy
  4. in 2006 she graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki with an MA in Visual Cultures
  5. She currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland
  6. In her work she examines her roots (she is Haitian and European) and their influence on the process of building a personal and artistic identity
  7. Her work combines political criticism with an aesthetic rendering of the subject matter
  8. Firing an uncountable number of staples into wooden surfaces is just one of the ways she realizes her ideas
  9. She also works with video, photographs, drawings, documentary material, and more recently with interactive dialogue in the form of interventions
  10. The Shoes or no Shoes? museum in Kruishoutem, Belgium, invited her to send a pair of her working shoes to be included in their large collection of artists’ shoes from around the world
  11. Covering my shoes with staples, made them look like furry animal’s feet. This linked them with the theme of my earlier Silverback project. Gorillas are still being killed for their heads, hands, and feet, which are sold to in my opinion cruel collectors.

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